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“I didn’t deserve her…But I wanted her. I wanted to be the person she imagined me to be.”
I am a sucker for books about authors so when I saw the blurb for this one I had to buy it. Self-made billionaire meets author should make for some interesting reading…right? Well, not if you are Jack Willis. Jack Willis was a man that kept his private life, just that, PRIVATE. No-one knew anything about the man that built his fortune from nothing, was a revered man in his field and one of the most highly sought-after targets for gossip mags and journalists. Hoping to quell the curiosity surrounding himself, Jack hires a ghost writer to write his autobiography, however, not willing to cross those personal lines makes for extremely boring reading, but at least the ghost writer is a helluva lot more entertaining. Maggie Riley delivered a fun, cute read and whatever you do, click the link at the end to get the bonus chapter…sigh.
Libby Hanson was a refreshing character, she had that naturally bubbly, infectious personality and was as laid back as they came. People could take her as she was or not bother at all, what you see is what you got. Libby was honest, didn’t have a negative bone in her body and was loved by everyone, except Jack Willis…or maybe not. Libby was a crafty woman, knitting, macramé etc were her forte and what she normally wrote about. When her best friend sets her up for this interview she doesn’t know what she is signing up for, could this be the best or worst career move that she has ever made?
“…Someone who ignored all my rules. Ignored all my orders. Someone who did what she felt was right, even when I tried to block her at every turn. She knew me.”
Jack Willis was intriguing from the very beginning, while my suspicions about his private life were correct I admired his reasoning behind wanting to keep them private. Jack was a fantastic boss, everyone loved him, he knew the company inside out and from the bottom up. Jack was a hands-on boss trying to deliver something he loved while protecting the environment. Jack’s business ethic was admirable, as was the man. I simply adored him.
The chemistry between these two from the beginning was always simmering, but the more time they spent together the more the spark ignited and while this is a little bit instalove, it didn’t really feel that way. There were a few editing issues which were a little distracting in the beginning but they seemed to dry up as the book progressed so please do not be put off. This was my first read by Maggie Riley and it won’t be my last. Thoroughly entertaining, totally engaging and really enjoyed this authors writing style.
Jack Willis is a hardworking, self-made millionaire. When approached by a publishing company to write a book about himself, he's not initially interested. He knows it’s the juicy, personal stuff that sells but he wants his work to be front and center, keeping his personal life far from prying eyes. He's good at hiding secrets and has some of his own he won't reveal. He’s not interested in letting anyone close enough to know him more than professionally and is especially not interested in a relationship.
Libby Hanson, a writer who focuses mostly on project-based craft books, is in desperate need of money. Therefore, when she hears of a job opportunity, she sets up an interview even though she has virtually no information about the position she is applying for. Usually well prepared, she goes into this interview blind.
When Jack meets Libby, he is surprised that she has no idea who he is. The thought of someone without knowledge of his personal life writing his book makes him more optimistic about the book. He wants to focus on the work side of things and Libby may just be the person to get it done without digging into his past.
"My private life was locked up as tight as a vault. No one got in. Not even a sexy, redheaded, curvaceous temptress."
Though he is extremely attracted to her, Jack knows he won’t act on. When Libby is offered the job, she is unable to refuse and she quickly learns what it's like to work for Jack Willis.
This book is a lighthearted, quick read. It’s got the humor and heat that is perfect for a summer read. It has an original plot and fun characters. Libby was sweet and refreshing. I loved her positivity and hardworking nature. She was just what Jack needed in his life and gave him a fresh take on the world.
"I never, ever, mixed business with pleasure. But something about Libby made me want to throw out all my rules."
I loved Jack’s big heart and his passion for the things he cares most about. When it comes to his personal life, Jack only lets the world see what he wants it to see and I understood his stance on his privacy. He learned early on to hide his true emotions, so I found it liberating when he opened up to Libby as she broke down his walls.
There is definitely insta-lust in this story but I thought it was well done. The attraction is so strong that it basically drives them crazy until they can't deny it any longer. It's sweet and sexy, and the sky high tension makes an explosion inevitable.
I guessed what the drama in the book would entail early on and I thought that Jack was a little quick to react. I wanted more explanation as to the reasons why he wanted to remain single. I understand his past but I wanted more back story and think it would have added a deeper, more emotional element to the story.
Overall, it’s a fun, flirty read and I am excited to read more by Maggie Riley.
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